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Product Design
Published: 22 Sep 2015

LDF 2015: Bouroullecs for Samsung

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Samsung

French design duo Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec have launched their first consumer electronics product – a TV for Korean technology giant Samsung.

Entitled Serif, the TV is designed to be unobtrusive within the domestic environment. However, rather than relying on being super-thin – a common theme in technology design – it has been created to look like a piece of furniture.

The unusual design features a pronounced frame with an I-shaped profile; the base enables it to stand on any flat surface, while the widened top creates a small shelf. Available in three sizes in white, dark blue or red, it has screw-in legs to create a freestanding model. The back features a co-ordinating magnetic fabric panel to hide wires and plugs for a neat finish.

The designers have also created a simplified remote and user interface for the television, including a "virtual curtain" that provides a stage between standby and play. This pixelates the screen and adds a coloured overlay – the designers suggest this could be used to obscure the screen during ad breaks.

The model is aimed at the design-conscious consumer outside the conventional consumer electronics market, and is therefore more likely to be found in concept or high-end department stores rather than technology retailers. It will be available in the UK, France, Sweden and Denmark from November 2015, priced from £600 ($930).

Now that technology is ubiquitous in the domestic space, brands are looking to create softer designs that blend subtly into the contemporary home – as seen at IFA 2015 earlier this month. See our Colour, Materials & Finish report for more.

Serif can be seen at Somerset House during London Design Festival (September 19-27). See our LDF Preview for other events to look out for this week.

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